"In societies where Robbing Hoods are treated like a celebrity it is but natural to expect political parties to act like a Mafia syndicate" Political Jaywalker "In a nation where corruption is endemic people tend to confuse due process with aiding and abetting criminals" Political Jaywalker "War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left" Bertrand Russell "You have just one flash flood of money, you keep your people poor. It's like a time bomb and it's scary" Philippine Lawmaker

Mariannet Amper Victim of Poverty

Played…….. as Dominique of Village Idiot savant titled his blog entry on the suicide of 12 years old Mariannet Amper wherein he posed valid questions to drive his points makes you wonder how we as a people deal with tragedy after tragedy in our broken society. Mariannet Amper victim of poverty is the latest addition to a growing list of casualties in the stark realities of a poverty stricken nation.

Mariannet Amper is a sixth-grader at the Ma-a Central School in Davao on Nov. 2, 2007 All Soul’s Day Marianet committed suicide by hanging. She left a note saying, in effect, that she decided to end it all because of poverty.

Indeed have we grown numb and accustomed to the stark realities of poverty staring us in the face that we have loss our compassion as a people due to apathy and hopelessness? Poverty is all around us as Dominique describes that oftentimes we see the poor hopeless people tugging and begging for alms as simply an urban nuisance if not invisible in our numb consciousness desperately ignoring reality for what it is.

This is so surreal, but the reality is suicide and suicidal tendencies indeed do occur not just among older people but children as well. As much as we want to grasp what went wrong there is really no definite or easy answer why it happened and to a young girl of 12 at that is truly tragic.

Children are definitely casualties of poverty in the Philippines and hopefully the tragic death of Mariannet Amper will serve as a catalyst for our politicians to re-examine their priorities and sense of accountability.

This is really tragic and as Dominique poignantly puts it:

And there's the rub. Culturally, we're predisposed towards powerful emotional images. But not so towards the real and difficult work that goes to the organization necessary to fix our broken society. We want a magic wand to make it all go away. "Now na!" Otherwise, we're not really interested: "Ang hirap kasi, eh. Trabaho iyan ng gobyerno."

So instead of substantial change, in a few weeks' time, we will simply move on to the next stark and powerful emotional image, except...darker! bloodier! more spectacular! more tragic! more dramatic! more heart-wrenching! and most importantly, more entertaining!

Indeed sad but true, we just move on from one tragic emotional heart wrenching episode after episodes with no substantial change to show for our anguished emotional outburst. Just like the case of Cecil Grecil tagged by the military as a child combatant murdered senseless because they are expendable poor people who we seem to have forgotten as more powerful image are shoved to us by sensationalized media out to feed us with more “entertainment”.

I agree with La Presidenta de NBN that politics is one of the causes of Marianet Amper and Dalaig’s death, unfortunately it stops there because she has the audacity to separate herself from the very evil she blames when she is the head politician of the nation. She arrogantly blames her political rivals and enemies of political posturing as if she is not guilty of it comes as no surprise from someone whose credibility is zilch.

Yes, too much politics is one of the culprits especially the kind of politics that we see La presidenta, her kuligs errr colleagues and the opportunist errr opposition play in the land of cheats where compromise is akin to criminal conspiracy. Corruption and corrupted political practices where vested interest takes precedence over the common good has reduced the nation to exporters of modern day slaves with peddlers of human miseries in a feeding frenzy of unimaginable proportion in human degradation and exploitation.

There are so many questions propping up in this issue and Sassy Lawyer had a very interesting take from a mother’s perspective which I quote:

We witness these realities every day. Low grades are a stigma; high grades are the passport to a lucrative future. But do we always know at what cost a child achieves those high grades? A domineering 13-year-old boy, for instance, in order to meet his parent’s demands, resorts to cheating by bribing and browbeating classmates to do his projects in subjects where he is weak. Emotional blackmail is another student’s technique. Others are not even all that imaginative—they just copy their classmates’ homework and test answers. High school and college students have become adept at plagiarizing to come up with impressive research papers. Should we wonder at all why there is an industry that specializes in doctored transcript of records and another that sells diplomas that look like the real thing?

A glimpse at the populations mindset perhaps in the way we have been mismanaged by our politicians that the culture of cheating has infected our young people like a plague? All valid questions but what haunts me is the question posed by Dominique… US. What are we doing about it such as what in particular are we doing in our own communities or as a blogger what can we do or should be doing to make a difference against the onslaught of poverty.

The Idiotcrazy Republic of the 3rd world

Indeed in the Idiotcrazy republic of the 3rd world morons and pea brain rulers abound, although it is not exclusively found in these places they are more pronounced and painfully laughable due to their impunity and shameless lunatic behavior.

I have missed a lot of important issues affecting the Idiotcrazy Republic of the 3rd world that happens to be in the Philippines and the recent democratic uprisings in Burma which the general junta renamed to Myanmar despite the UN’s refusal to recognize it and the turmoil in Pakistan. It has been a frustrating absence when I was attacked with a vicious virus that shut my laptop and the online access provider that charges me an arm and a leg for services they have not delivered. Be that as it may I will not bore you with what I have gone through since this blog is not about the political jaywalker but important issues that we should really concern ourselves.

Once again the Idiotcrazy Republic of the 3rd world in the Philippines was almost on the brink of a “breakthrough” in the conviction of Erap the self-proclaimed leader of the unwashed toothless and at times “shabu” (illegal substance) induced masses in a pseudo class “war” against the ruling elite represented by the traditional fooliticians (as if he is not one of them). It was almost surreal that a very popular ex-president would be convicted for plunder and corruption in a nation where “justice” can be had or denied on the highest bidder coupled with influence based on political favors through the patronage politics that reigns in a semi feudal set up of a nation.

Everything was going well……. and so we thought it is until La Presidenta in a stroke of “genius” in her moronic executive “clemency” has given absolute pardon to the convicted plunderer even before the sentencing that obviously insults the intelligence of its people. Do they really think that just because they rule the Idiotcrazy Republic that their subjects are as moronic as they are? It seems that the joke is on the population through a circus freak side show coupled with juniors’ (Jinggoy the sinat errr senator) misstatements errr statements on the family’s disagreement with the verdict. Of course you can disagree as much as you want but it does not hold water until you cite specific compelling evidence proving “daddy’s” innocence. Maybe junior should just shut his trap and let their lieyers errr lawyers do the talking instead of babbling nonsense on the treatment and “disrespect” on his ex-president of the Idiotcrazy Republic daddy. He may be the ex-president but if one is a convicted plunderer he is no different from any convicted thieving fool that has to serve their time in jail and pay for the consequence of their illegal activities to society.

One thing is clear; a disgraced ruler gets the books thrown on them while the ruling party gets away with thievery because they run the circus freak side show in an Idiotcrazy Republic. Until we see that justice is served equally and without favor thieves in public office abound shamelessly raiding the national coffers dry until they get deposed and it will be their turn to be on the same stinking cell with Estrada as a circus freak side show in a façade to cover up their own thievery. The vicious cycle continues while they drive away the population as the modern day slaves literally in some countries where peddlers of misery fills a consumer market of dirty perverted consumers with subservient human products desperately escaping poverty stricken Idiotcrazy Republic finding themselves in a place worse that hell.

We cannot do anything about this at this point and apparently having the moronic absolute pardon reversed is next to impossible. It would have been easier to move on and carry on with our pathetic political life but the posturing coming from a convicted plunderer on a presidential run in 2010 is just outright dumb and stupid. Thanks and no thanks to la Presidenta de NBN for an absolute pardon that restores Estrada’s civil and political rights that we now have a prospect of having a convicted criminal run the nation…… not that it makes a difference since we have and has always been ruled by criminals but this time around a milestone in pathetic Philippine politics….. a real live convicted criminal will be at the helm.

This comes as no surprise and with a statement coming from the (in)justice secretary siRAULo GOONzales just shows the kind of people ruining errr running our country to which I quote:

"The issue there of timing is secondary. It's also true that so much effort has been expended and even resources, but you have to consider that he is also a former president" .

If indeed the Asiong Salongat Presidency part deux materializes we truly deserve to lead the IDIOTCRAZY Republic of the 3rd world....................

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